LOVE SEASON | 7 Sweet Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around The World

In the United States, Valentine’s Day means cards, flowers, and hard-to-sang dinner reservation. As the Western holiday has spread around the world, many cultures have put their own spin on it. Some of these traditions – such as mass weddings in the Philippines – are charming, while others – like obligatory gift – giving in Japan – inspire feedings that are less than warm and fuzzy. When Valentine’s Day arrives of February 14, these are some ways lovebirds around will be celebrating.

Denmark Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Poems and Codes

Valentine’s Day in Denmark is a chance for secret admirers to express their feeling with a twist. Instead of sending straightforward love letters, men in Denmark send funny poems called gaekkebrev to the objects of their affection. The paper – cut notes are signed anonymously with a line of dots at the bottom, one for each letter in the sender’s name if recipients can guess their secret admirer’s identity based on this clue alone, the sender owes them an Easter egg.

In Japan, it’s tradition for women to give men sweets on Valentine’s Day

In the 1950s, a chocolate company introduced Valentine’s Day to Japan in hopes of chasing in on the Western tradition. But something got lost in translation. Instead of showing more conventional images of men gifting chocolate to the ladies in their lives, early ads insisted Valentine’s Day was a chance for women to buy chocolate for men. The suggestion resonated with people, and today it’s a vital part of Japanese Valentine’s celebrations. The custom isn’t limited to romantic partners. In a practice known as giri choco (translated as “obligation chocolates”) women are expected to buy chocolates for the men in their lives on February 14, including their male coworkers. This gets as expensive and socially complicated as you might expect, and it has become so unpopular with women that many workplaces have banned giri choco altogether. If Japanese women are dreading Valentine’s Day, they can look forward to White Day on March 14, when men return the favor with gifts of their own.

In South Africa, Women Pin Their Valentine’s Name To Their Sleeves

People in South Africa literally wear their hearts on their hearts on their sleeves on Valentine’s Day. It’s become a tradition for women there to write down  the name of their lovers – or their secret crushes – and pin it to their shirt sleeves. It’s believed the custom was inspired by Lupercalia, a rowdy ancient Roman fertility festival that also fell in mid-February.

Thousands Of People Get Married On Valentine’s Day In The Philippines

Valentine’s Day is a popular wedding anniversary in the Philippines. Each year, in honor of the holiday, local governments host mass weddings for couples who may be able to afford a more traditional wedding ceremony on their own. These events are usually president over by local government officials. In 2019, the mayor of the City of Dasmarinas married around 500 couples at once.

In Wales, Lovers Traditionally Gift Each Other Symbolic Spoons

The Welsh version of Valentine’s Day is Dydd Santes Dwynwen, or Saint Dwynwen’s Day, and is celebrated on January 25. The most distinct aspect of the holiday, which honors the Welsh patron saint of lovers, involves exchanging love spoons. There are exactly what they sound like: fancy wooden spoons carved with symbols representing the gifter’s love. It’s believed  the tradition may have started with Welsh sailors courting prospective wives, and it’s still used as a romantic gesture is Wales today. Handcrafted love spoons can sell online for between $50 and $100.

Valentine’s Day In Estonia Is About Friendship

Valentine’s Day in the United States is all about couples but in Estonia, singles aren’t left out. Their version of the holiday is called Friends Day, and friendship is treated as just as worthy a cause for celebration as romantic love. If they are looking for a love connection, single people can ride a special “love bus” that shuttles them around with other eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.

El Salvador Celebrates Valentine’s Day With A Loving Twist On Secret Santa.

El Salvadorians celebrate Valentine’s Day with a game called “Secret Friend”. Anyone who’s participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange around Christmastime will recognize it. A group, such as a class of kids, writes everyone’s name on pieces of paper and draws slips. The name someone picks is the person they have to buy a gift for by Valentine’s Day. The tradition has a sentimental spin that sets it apart from Secret Santa, though: When it’s time to gift, the giver must say one kind thing about the recipient.


Antibodies In Breast Milk Remain For 10 Months After Covid Infection – Study

Breastfeeding women how have been infected with Covid – 19 continue to secrete virus – neutralising antibodies into their milk for up to 10 months, data suggests. Besides emphasising the important role breastfeeding could play in helping to protect infants from the disease, researchers believe that such antibodies could be used to treat people with … Continue reading Antibodies In Breast Milk Remain For 10 Months After Covid Infection – Study

Changes To Menstrual Cycle After Covid Vaccination Should Be Investigated, Says Expert

Paris / France – A potential link between changes in the menstrual cycle after having been vaccinated against Covid should be investigates, an expert has written in a newly published report. Thousands of women have reported changes in the periods after getting jabbed, such as their cycle running late and heavier or unexpected flows. These … Continue reading Changes To Menstrual Cycle After Covid Vaccination Should Be Investigated, Says Expert

Azzedine Alaia’s Parisian Residence And Atelier Are Explored In This New Documentary

Paris / France – – Late Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alia’s Parisian home has become the subject of a new documentary, ‘Azzedine Alaia, 18 Rue de la Verrerie Paris’, Directed by Nathalie Plicot and narrated by French actor Isabelle Huppert, the 27 – minute film gives a rare glimpse into Alaia’s 4,000 – square – meter home. The … Continue reading Azzedine Alaia’s Parisian Residence And Atelier Are Explored In This New Documentary

The Giorgio Armani Show In Dubai Is Back In Motion For 2021

Paris / France – – A Giorgio Armani show is official taking place in Dubai this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the Armani hotel. The Italian house announced that the Dubai event, originally the Cruise 2021 Show scheduled for 2020, will now take place on October 26, 2021. Dubbed One Night One, the … Continue reading The Giorgio Armani Show In Dubai Is Back In Motion For 2021

Study Sheds Light On Impact Of Covid – 19 On Male Fertility

Scientists believe that Covid-19 could affect male fertility after an early study showed patients who died from the virus had decreased sperm counts. Researchers also rebuffed what they called ‘myths’ on social media about the effect of Covid-19 vaccines on male fertility. Scientists from the University of Miami examined six patients who died from Covid-19 … Continue reading Study Sheds Light On Impact Of Covid – 19 On Male Fertility

Cate Blanchett Sees Pandemic As Chance For Refelction On Plight Of Refugees

This year’s World Refugee Day offers a chance to reflect on the uncertainty faced by those forced to flee their homes, actor Cate Blanchett, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, says as the world grapples with the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oscar winner and UNHCR goodwill said  the annual June 20 … Continue reading Cate Blanchett Sees Pandemic As Chance For Refelction On Plight Of Refugees

When Is The Best Time Of Day To Drink Coffee In Order To Boost Productivity?

Coffee lovers will tell you that every time of day is the best time to drink coffee; however experts say that there is an ideal time to sip a cup of joe in order to really reap the benefits of that caffeine boost. ‘If you are someone who has average tolerance to caffeine, then after having coffee, whether it’s … Continue reading When Is The Best Time Of Day To Drink Coffee In Order To Boost Productivity?

Forever Young: The Ultimate Guide To Reducing Wrinkles And Fine Lines

When it comes to ageing, many of us would rather stay looking our youthful best longer, and will haiply splurge on all manner of expensive, high – end beauty products and treatments in order to do so. Despite the fact that fine lines and wrinkles are nothing to be ashamed of, that doesn’t mean we should … Continue reading Forever Young: The Ultimate Guide To Reducing Wrinkles And Fine Lines

The Cindy Cheo ‘Peony Brooch’ Inducted Into The V&A Museum

The 2018 Black Label Masterpiece XVIII ‘Peony Broach‘ by Cindy Chao The Art Jewel was inducted into the acclaimed William and Judith Bollinger Gallery of the Victoria and Alerbert Museum. The one – of – a – king brooch is made primarily of purple colored titanium and set with thousands of rubies and diamonds. The red petals … Continue reading The Cindy Cheo ‘Peony Brooch’ Inducted Into The V&A Museum

Britain’s Prince William Gets First Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Britain’s Prince William, who contracted COVID-19 last year, revealed on Thursday he had received his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. William, 38, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth and second – in – line to the British Throne, revealed on Twitter he had receive the shot earlier this week, alongside a picture of the moment … Continue reading Britain’s Prince William Gets First Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

‘Alarming’ Number Of Young People In UAE, Saudi Arabia Diagnosed With Cance: Study

Young people across the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, according to a study. Almost half of new cancer cases in both countries are of patients under the age of 50%, the study revealed. … Continue reading ‘Alarming’ Number Of Young People In UAE, Saudi Arabia Diagnosed With Cance: Study

attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Model Naomi Campbell Welcomes Baby Girl

Model Naomi Campbell announced on social media on Tuesday that she has welcomed her first child and shared a photo of her cradling her daughter’s feet. ‘A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother, So hounered to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong … Continue reading Model Naomi Campbell Welcomes Baby Girl

Angelina Jolie Discusses Life As A single Mon: ‘I’ve Been Alone A Long Time Now’

Angelina Jolie is opening up about being a single mother of six. The ‘Maleficent’ actress appeared on E!’s ‘Daily Pop’ this week to discuss her upcoming film, ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’, in which she dished on her life at home with her children. Asked how she juggles it all, from her Hollywood career, humanitarian … Continue reading Angelina Jolie Discusses Life As A single Mon: ‘I’ve Been Alone A Long Time Now’

Madame Tussauds Moves Prince Harry And Meghan Waxworks From Royals

A year after leaving their royal duties to move to Los Angeles, Madame Tussauds has now decided waxwork models of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan now belonging in the attraction’s Hollywood zone and not with the other members of House of Windsor. The couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, quit royal duties to … Continue reading Madame Tussauds Moves Prince Harry And Meghan Waxworks From Royals

Da Vinci’s ‘Head Of Bear’ Drawing Seen Fetching up to $16 Mln

A drawing of a bear’s head by Leonardo da Vinci is seen fetching up to $16.7 million, potentially setting a record, when it heads to auction in July, Christie’s said on Saturday. Measuring 7 cm (just under 3 inches) squared, ‘Head of Bear’ is a silverpoint drawing on a pink – beige paper. The auction … Continue reading Da Vinci’s ‘Head Of Bear’ Drawing Seen Fetching up to $16 Mln

Jennifer Lopez Rocks The Stage In Zuhair Murad Design At Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World

U.S. singer and actress Jennifer Lopez was among a number of celebrities who took to the stage at the Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World show on Sunday – and she pulled out all the stops with three wardrobe changes, which included a shimmering jumpsuit from Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad. Performing some … Continue reading Jennifer Lopez Rocks The Stage In Zuhair Murad Design At Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World

Ramadan Kareem From Christian Louboutin Beauty

This Holy Month, pamper you loved ones by gifting them beauty treasures from Christian Louboutin Beauty. Full of generosity and appreciation, you 2021 Ramadan promises to be unforgettable. For this special moment, the traditional glossy boxes for lips and fragrances will be dressed in a customised red sleeve featuring a crescent moon and a lantern. To fully embrace the spirit of … Continue reading Ramadan Kareem From Christian Louboutin Beauty

Diptyque’s New Fragrance Traces the Path Of An Iconic Arab Explorer

Celebrating the French fragrance maison‘s 60th anniversary, Diptique’s new launch – Eau Rihla – has a special connection to the Middle East. Named after the Arabic word Rihla, meaning journey, the new frageance was inspired by the 14 century globe – trotting merchant, Ibn Battuta and his travels throughout the known world. Perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin drew his inspiration directly from … Continue reading Diptyque’s New Fragrance Traces the Path Of An Iconic Arab Explorer

Prince Harry And Meghan’s First Netflix Project To Focus On Invictus Games

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will produce their first Netflix Inc. series that will focus on athletes competing in the Invictus Games for injured veterans in the Hague in 2022. The series will provide – the – scenes stories of athletes and organizers as they prepare for the event, which been delayed until next spring … Continue reading Prince Harry And Meghan’s First Netflix Project To Focus On Invictus Games

WELLNESS | What Are Essential Oils, And Do They Work?

Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine that employs plant extracts to support health and well – being. However, some of the health claims associated with these oils are controversial. The article explains all you need to know about essential oils and their health effects. What Are Essential Oils? Essential oils … Continue reading WELLNESS | What Are Essential Oils, And Do They Work?

FASHION | Arab Fashion Weeks 2021 Postponed Until March 28

The 2021 edition of Arab Fashion Week has been postponed from until March 28 – April 1, following the passing of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the UAE’s Minister of Finance and Deputy Ruler of Dubai, who died on March 24, it’s been announced. The event was initially set to kick off today and run … Continue reading FASHION | Arab Fashion Weeks 2021 Postponed Until March 28

ARTS & CULTURE | Amsterdam Studio VOUW’s Luminous Installation ‘City Gazing Riyadh’ Celebrates Hope

Noor Riyadh which is opened in Saudi capital on March 18 (last Friday), one of the most exciting light and art festival globally, combining the highest quality of light artworks across the largest city footprint. Celebrated Dutch design studio VOUW feature on the roster of more than 60 global artists who have been selected to … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Amsterdam Studio VOUW’s Luminous Installation ‘City Gazing Riyadh’ Celebrates Hope

Britain’s Prince Harry Gives Advice To Grieving Children In New Book

Britain’s Prince Harry has written the forward for a new book aimed the children of frontline workers who died in the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing the pain he suffered as a boy after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Harry wrote that losing his mother at age 12 left ‘a huge hole inside of me’, … Continue reading Britain’s Prince Harry Gives Advice To Grieving Children In New Book

No Zoom, No Sweatshirts As 93rd Oscars Producers Plan For Live, In – Person Event

With nominations set and just over a month until showtime, details are tricking out about the 93rd Oscars and neither sweatshirts not zoom made the cut. ‘Our plan is that this year’s Oscar will look like a movie, not a television show’, said show producers Jess Collins, Stacy Sher and Steven Soderbergh in a statement on … Continue reading No Zoom, No Sweatshirts As 93rd Oscars Producers Plan For Live, In – Person Event

Noor Riyadh: Spectacular Installations Light Up Saudi Capital’s Night Sky

Noor Riyadh, a magnificent light and art festival begin on Thursday for the first time with spectacular installation’s lighting up the night sky of the Saudi Arabian capital for 17 days till April 3, 2021. The magnificent installations will be visible to all in public spaces across the city. Displayed will be significant works of … Continue reading Noor Riyadh: Spectacular Installations Light Up Saudi Capital’s Night Sky

CELEBRITY | J.LO And Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Split After Four Years

Singer Jennifer Lopez and former New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriquez were reported on Friday to have split up after almost four years together. Celebrity website TMZ, the New York Post’s Page Six and multiple entertainment websites cited unidentified sources close to the couple as saying the pair had called off their engagement. Representatives … Continue reading CELEBRITY | J.LO And Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Split After Four Years

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